Approximately 100 people dressed in symbolic red participated in a solidarity march on Saturday at Mill Lake Park in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Approximately 100 people dressed in symbolic red participated in a solidarity march on Saturday at Mill Lake Park in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

VIDEO: Missing and murdered Indigenous women march draws many in Abbotsford

Approximately 100 people dressed in symbolic red slowly marched around Mill Lake

A solidarity march to draw attention to the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) in Canada was well attended Saturday (March 6) at Abbotsford’s Mill Lake Park.

Approximately 100 people dressed in symbolic red slowly walked around the perimeter of the lake to the beat of drums.

Krista Macinnis led the large group with a bullhorn, detailing the recent murder of 28-year-old Jana Williams, whose remains were found March 4 on the edge of the Red River in Winnipeg. She was six months pregnant and her body was found stuffed in a suitcase.

“135 Indigenous women’s bodies have been pulled out of the Red River,” Macinnis said. “That is just insane.”

Macinnis also pointed to the 2014 murder of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, whose body was found wrapped in plastic and a duvet cover in the Red River. Macinnis said the consistent disappearance of Indigenous people has been classified as a genocide.

“That’s hard to wrap your head around when you realize that we are living in a first-world country. It’s the 21st century. When we think of genocide, we think of the Holocaust; we don’t think of things like women going missing all across the country.”

Macinnis was asked to organize the event for MMIW Takes Back Canada, a national endeavour to once again draw attention to the continued disappearances of Indigenous women and girls.

She came into the public spotlight last fall when she spoke out in anger after her daughter, a Grade 6 student at W.A. Fraser Middle School, was given a homework assignment to list five positive things about residential schools.

RELATED: MMIW walk in Abbotsford being led by mom who spoke out about residential-school homework

RELATED: Abbotsford mom angry that students asked to list positive stories about residential schools Daughter’s Grade 6 class asked to write down 5 positive stories or facts

RELATED: Abbotsford school district must make amends for harmful residential school assignment: superintendent

An apology was issued by the Abbotsford school district, the school principal and teacher who gave the assignment.

Macinnis said there has been a “whitewashing” of Canada’s history of genocide, and an indifference in continued Indigenous oppression on the part of the government.

“Time and time again we have these issues that arise. We get an apology from our government, it gets swept under the rug and then two months later the same issue is popping up in a different part of the country.”

A solidarity gathering also occurred in Chillwack on Saturday, drawing a group of about 30 people at Five Corners, also donning red clothing as part of MMIW Takes Back Canada.

RELATED: Standing in solidarity in Chilliwack for missing, murdered Indigenous women

– with files by Vikki Hopes

abbotsfordIndigenousmissing First Nations

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Approximately 100 people dressed in symbolic red participated in a solidarity march on Saturday at Mill Lake Park in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Approximately 100 people dressed in symbolic red participated in a solidarity march on Saturday at Mill Lake Park in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Approximately 100 people dressed in symbolic red participated in a solidarity march on Saturday at Mill Lake Park in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News).

Approximately 100 people dressed in symbolic red participated in a solidarity march on Saturday at Mill Lake Park in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News).

Approximately 100 people dressed in symbolic red participated in a solidarity march on Saturday at Mill Lake Park in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Approximately 100 people dressed in symbolic red participated in a solidarity march on Saturday at Mill Lake Park in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Just Posted

web
Mission mayoral candidate – Rhett Nicholson

Candidates answer three questions about issues impacting Mission

Cheam meadows trail near Mt. Cheam by Chilliwack. (Submitted)
Cheam First Nation ‘shocked’ over all-season mountain resort proposal near Chilliwack

For five years the band has been working on a gondola project of their own

web
UPDATE: Fire investigators on scene at Mission Walmart

Fire department has yet to rule out whether it was intentionally set

Patrick Penner photo.
Southbound crash on Abbotsford-Mission Bridge

Crash involves dump truck and at least one other vehicle, emergency crews on scene

web
Mission mayoral candidate – Paul Horn

Candidates answer three questions about issues impacting Mission

A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Top doctor warns B.C.’s daily cases could reach 3,000 as COVID hospitalizations surge

There are more than 400 people in hospital, with 125 of them in ICU

Eight-year-old Piper and her family were raising money to help Guinevere, the bearded dragon, get a gynecological surgery. Sadly, the reptile didn’t survive the procedure. (Jackee Sullivan/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Lizard fails to survive surgery, GoFundMe dollars help Langley family offset medical bills

Guinevere, a pet bearded dragon, underwent an ovariectomy on Tuesday

A driver stopped by Saanich police following a road rage incident on April 15 was found to be impaired, in violation of a license restriction and in a damaged vehicle. They received a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
Road rager fails breathalyzer on busy B.C. highway in vehicle he shouldn’t be driving

Saanich police say man was operating vehicle without required ignition lock

B.C. Premier John Horgan wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Premier John Horgan booked to get AstraZeneca shot Friday

‘Let’s show all British Columbians that the best vaccine is the one that’s available to you now,’ he said

Doses of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine in a freezer trailer, to be transported to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Pfizer to increase vaccine deliveries in Canada as Moderna supply slashed

Moderna plans to ship 650,000 doses of its vaccine to Canada by the end of the month, instead of the expected 1.2 million

Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the province’s COVID-19 vaccine plans during a news conference at the legislature in Victoria. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
P.1 variant likely highest in B.C. due to more testing for it: Dr. Henry

Overall, just under 60% of new daily cases in the province involve variants

The father of Aaliyah Rosa planted a tree and laid a plaque in her memory in 2018. (Langley Advance Times files)
Final witness will extend Langley child murder trial into May or June

Lengthy trial began last autumn with COVID and other factors forcing it to take longer than expected

A crossing guard stops traffic as students wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 arrive at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. A number of schools in the Fraser Health region, including Woodward Hill, have reported cases of the B.1.7.7 COVID-19 variant first detected in the U.K. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-infected students in Lower Mainland schools transmitting to 1 to 2 others: data

Eight to 13 per cent of COVID cases among students in the Lower Mainland were acquired in schools, B.C. says

Dr. Bonnie Henry – in a B.C. health order that went into effect April 12 – granted WorkSafe inspectors the power to enforce workplace closures with COVID-19 spread. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
24 workplace closures being enforced in Fraser Health under new COVID-19 order

WorkSafe inspectors the power to enforce closures if COVID-19 has spread to 3 or more employees

Most Read